A Message from the Author
Are Islam and the West locked in a deadly clash of civilizations?
Is Islam compatible with democracy and human rights?
Will religious fundamentalism block the development of modern societies in the Islamic world?
Are Muslims commanded to deceive non-Muslims in any way, at any time, if it serves Islam?
Is ISIS a representation of “true” Islam or a radical corruption?
And why is there so much conflicting information?
Many Americans have been deliberately misinformed about what Islam actually stands for. There is a constant uninformed chatter about what Islam is really all about. The majority of people have never met a Muslim, so it is easy for the majority of people to accept this propaganda. I believe these books can answer questions, build bridges, and promote understanding.
Since 2002, I have facilitated interfaith dialogues with many different people. The conversations in these books are real. Some are curious, some are concerned, some are hostile, some are academic, and some are soul-searching. These transcripts showcase everyday people — from angry and concerned to inquisitive and supportive — asking real questions and getting straight answers about Islam. My hope is that this can be a small step towards better understanding and harmony.
It is a dark time we live in, but we are trying to push back against the ignorance and fear and hatred with patience and authentic information and knowledge.
REMEMBER: With dialogue, comes understanding. . .
Ahmed Lotfy Rashed
“There’s never been a more important time for interfaith dialogue than now. Rashed explains how the tenets of his religion forbid the sort of behaviour shown by extremist groups. At the same time, he doesn’t sugar-coat the religion’s ethics. Overall, I find it a balanced and informative book and would recommend it.”
Allister N. Thompson
“Loved this book! The format is new and innovative, and the content is very informative. Instead of a question/answer straight out format, it’s a series of written conversations between two people. It doesn’t read as contrived or scripted and gave me new insight into the Muslim faith.”